10 June 2019 Go back to News
Assessing Monaghan sewers to ensure residents benefit from future upgrade works
Safeguarding wastewater services in Monaghan Town
Irish Water is continuing its work to safeguard wastewater services in Monaghan town by undertaking surveys of the existing sewer network in partnership with Monaghan County Council.
Determine condition, capacity and performance of sewers
The objective of this work is to determine the condition, capacity and performance level of the sewer network for businesses and residents and to help prioritise future sewer upgrades. These works are part of the Monaghan Drainage Area Plan. McBreen Environmental Services Ltd is carrying out the work for us in partnership with Arup.
Eunan Canavan, Irish Water Capital Programmes
“Irish Water faces a serious challenge with the size and scale of issues with the wastewater network. A sewer network that is fit for purpose is essential in order to support business and social development in Monaghan. These works, which are almost complete, will give a clearer picture as to what defects and capacity issues exist in the sewer network and where future upgrades should be prioritised.”
Works include CCTV surveys
The works include CCTV surveys and the installation of rainfall, flow, depth and conductivity monitors and data collection of the sewer and manholes. While some minor road works and traffic management is required for a limited time to facilitate the works, traffic is being managed in coordination with Monaghan County Council with limited or no traffic disruption.
6,000 blockages cleared in 2018
As part of our sponsorship of the Clean Coasts Think Before You Flush Campaign, Clean Coasts are working to raise awareness amongst the general public about the problems caused in the marine environment and in our wastewater systems, by flushing problematic sanitary products and other items down the toilet. In 2018, we cleared over 6,000 blockages in the public sewer network, as a result of wipes and other inappropriate items being flushed down the toilet and fats and greases being poured down sinks. The majority of these blockages were avoidable. For further information visit our Monaghan Drainage Area Plan.
Part of our investment plan
This project forms part of our investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in our Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021. These works are vital to ensuring a safe and reliable public water and wastewater supply to support our growing population and economy.